Ian has had two appointments this week, including an MRI.
According to the pictures, he has EITHER a significant infection (still) in his brain OR the tumor has grown.
Here's the problem: the only way to monitor the infection and the tumor is visually via MRI. On contrast film TUMOR MATERIAL AND INFECTION LOOK THE SAME. We can't treat the tumor unless we're confident the infection is taken care of (and I don't know to what degree - 100% or "mostly percent" - fuzzy and vague). But we don't know what part of the blob is infection and what part is tumor.
So treatment remains the same: heavy antibiotics, monitoring blood counts, vitals, home health care and therapy, and WAIT.... *
For the infection to quell? for the tumor to swell? for the snow to fall ....
The doctor (Dr. Snazzy Stethoscope) said treating this thing is "an ART." Not a science. Yeesh.
Fuzzy. Guessing. Trying. Waiting.
He also said Ian was an inspiration.
I tend to agree.
*(also blood clots and high blood pressure and tremor and weakness and confusion and dis-coordination and headache)